This struck me a lot as similar to the game the Huskies played Tuesday against Florida, except against a weaker opponent.
That's another way of saying that the Huskies have looked pretty good two games in a row here.
"Coming off of two losses was tough, but we were anxious to play," senior Justin Dentmon said. "We knew we were going to come out with a lot of entergy, so we just wanted to stay focused throughout the game. ... We know we are a good rebounding team, so we just have to cut down on our turnovers."
Here's my game story.
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We'll certainly learn more Thursday when they host Oklahoma State.
Star of the game: UW junior Quincy Pondexter was extremely active while scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs.
Key stats: The Huskies outrebounded Pacific, 46-20. That helped overcome a 12-of-24 performance at the free throw line. Both teams committed 19 turnovers, many unforced.
Key run: Isaiah Thomas opened the scoring with a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the game. UW never lost that lead and played at least 10 points ahead through the entire second half.
Observations: UW returned to .500 at 3-3. Pacific fell to .500 at 2-2. … This was Pacific's second game against a Pacific-10 Conference opponent. The Tigers had opened the season with a 68-56 loss at California.
Quotable: "This was not an emotional up-and-down affair. It wasn't a sellout crowd. It wasn't a nationally televised game where you just played on adrenaline. There were a lot of stops. There were a lot of turnovers. (Pacific) played a half-court game. And (Pondexter) played the way he did, that was very special." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
Next: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma State, Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series; Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.
7:04 left Huskies still holding Tigers are arms-length without quite putting them away, 58-44.
Halftime: Justin Dentmon his an almost-NBA three to push the Huskies to their first double-digit lead.
Pondexter almost a halftime double-double: nine points and rebounds.
Brockman four points, one rebound, two fouls; but others picking up the slack nicely so far.
Huskies shooting .536; Tigers .440.
UW 3 of 8 at the line, but Pacific only 2 of 5.
Washington out-rebounding Pacific, 20-11.
1st/3:21: Huskies have led most of the way. Maybe all the way. But Pacific hanging close.
UW has nine turnovers, Pacific eight ... lots only semi-forced.
Officiating crew calling lots of reaching fouls away from the hoop.
Quincy Pondexter really hustling: nine points, six rebounds.
12:55 Game about to start. As expected, Huskies are going with what has become their regular starting lineup: Brockman, Dentmon, Thomas, Gant and Pondexter.
Here's today's preview story.
11:45: The Huskies and Tigers are on the court at Hec Ed, warming up. Pacific in black, UW in their golds.
UW a 14-point favorite, which strikes me as a lot against what seems to be an NCAA-tournament contending team.
I'll be back with any news as it breaks, and will keep a running blog through the game and after.
Tipoff is 1 p.m. on FSN.